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reform law took effect today. hospitals will face big fines if too many of their medicare patients have to be readmitted lookse of complications. we asked anna werner to look into this. >> reporter: so this is everything you have to take? >> yes. >> reporter: 84-year-old phil eckloff suffers from congestive heart failure and diabetes and wound up in the hospital twice ais year. l twice a laundry list of follow-up instructions and fedications. so you have to deal with all this stuff. this is a lot of-- a lot of medications. a lot to remember. >> yeah, it is. >> reporter: eckloff is fortunate. f isas a home health care worker to help him. what do you think it would be like for you if you had to keep y with all this by yourself? >> if you don't take a service like this you'll end up become you'llhospital. and that's true. >> reporter: federal officials ere concerned that many medicare patients fail to get the necessary follow-up care and end up being readmitted to the hospital, often in the same tnth. so the government is now penalizing hospitals for excessive readmissions in three areas:
about what treatments are given. that's explicitly prohibited in the law. but let's go back to what governor romney indicated that under his plan he would be able to cover people with preexisting conditions. well actually, governor, that isn't what your plan does. what your plan does is to duplicate what's already the law which says if you are out of health insurance for three months than you can end up getting continuous coverage and an insurance company can't deny you if it's been under 90 days. but that's already the law. and that doesn't help the millions of people out there with preexisting conditions there's a why reason governor romney set up the plan that he did in massachusetts. it wasn't a government takeover of health care, it was the largest expansion of private insurance. but what it does say is that insurers, you've got to take everybody. now, that also means that you've got more customers. but when governor romney says he'll replace it with something but can't detail how it will be, in fact, replaced and the reason he set up the system he did in massachusetts was beca
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